Did you know that 4 in 10 Tanzanian women can’t read or write? Intel Education Service Corps and World Vision are educating and training Tanzanians like Glory Albert to give them new opportunities for better jobs and a brighter future.
What difference can one teacher make? In Tanzania, where 40 percent of girls are illiterate and youth unemployment is over 40 percent, Glory Albert provides the answer.
Every day that Glory stands in front of her class of 45 secondary students, she disrupts traditional views of women. A college graduate herself, Glory tells the girls in her class that “they have to fight as boys. They have to construct their own house.” And through her own example, she shows the boys in her class what a woman can accomplish when she receives the support of her family and tribe.
Glory has already changed the future of girls like Aimbora, an orphan being raised by grandparents who cannot read her report card and do not actively support Aimbora’s schooling. Glory has taken extra time outside of school hours to inspire and encourage Aimbora, who is on her way not only to graduating but to pursuing a college degree.
At a school where books, chalk, and desks are in short supply, Glory also gives her students a glimpse of a future driven by technology. Glory owns her own laptop and uses skills she learned through training provided by Intel Education Service Corps and World Vision to download course material and print lessons for her students. Her efforts inspire her students and fellow teachers to attend similar training programs—learning computer, vocational, and entrepreneurial skills that can help them find jobs or create their own employment opportunities.
Of course, Glory is not the only teacher who is changing Tanzania from the inside. In just two years, the Intel Education Service Corps has provided computer training to more than 1,000 teachers and community members in Tanzania, as well as in Kenya, Rwanda, and Senegal. The Intel Education Service Corps and World Vision also recently partnered with the British Council and Microsoft on a new initiative called “Spark a Child’s Digital Future,” which is rapidly expanding technology and training to more Sub-Saharan African countries.
The goal of each training program is to create more role models like Glory, whose presence makes a difference not just to one student or one classroom, but to the future of Africa.
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